Kevin Turner. (Core Scientific Photo)

— Kevin Turner has stepped down as CEO of Seattle-area blockchain startup Core Scientific. The former Microsoft COO told GeekWire that the “timing was just really good for me.”

“Company is in great shape to go public in the near future. Just going to take some time to recharge and plan my next thing,” Turner said.

Turner will remain an advisor to the company. Chairman Mike Levitt is now CEO.

Turner joined Core Scientific in 2018. He previously spent 11 years at Microsoft from 2005 to 2016, leading the company’s global sales and marketing teams. The former Walmart exec and Nordstrom board member — known for his high energy and outspoken demeanor — was once considered a candidate to become Microsoft’s chief executive, but left in 2016 to take the CEO role at Citadel Securities.

Founded in 2017, Core Scientific is building blockchain infrastructure technology related to hosting, transaction processing and application development. It manages a fleet of more than 130,000 cryptocurrency miners. The company has around 100 employees and has raised $115 million to date, according to PitchBook.

Magic AI CEO and co-founder Alexa Anthony. (GeekWire File Photo)

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Source:: GeekWire

      

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